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Rush Sturges

Director | Producer | Editor 

Rush Sturges is an acclaimed adventure filmmaker and professional whitewater kayaker. Rush has spent equal time in front of and behind the camera, directing and producing projects like “The River Runner” (available on Netflix), as well as branded content for companies like Ford, Mexico Tourism, National Geographic and Polaris. Rush’s experience as both athlete and filmmaker make him a go-to partner for companies seeking a director who understands the intricacies of producing captivating content in dangerous and remote environments.

While Rush remains active as a professional paddler, much of his energy has shifted towards directing and producing content. Having studied film at the Art Institute of Vancouver, B.C., Rush's career has taken him to the most majestic locations on earth, including places like Pakistan, China, Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He focuses on telling stories that touch on subjects from extreme sports to conservation to branded and commercial content with a focus on the outdoors.

In 2009, Rush founded River Roots, a media production house based in his adopted hometown of White Salmon, WA. In 2022, he collaborated with the non profit Rios to Rivers to co-found the Paddle Tribal Waters program, an educational program designed to teach tribal youth the sport of kayaking. Currently, Rush is working on a documentary following tribal youth as they train to become the first group to successfully navigate the Klamath River from source to sea.

Outside of managing River Roots and his many film projects Rush is also an avid musician with a catalog of music that can be found wherever you get your music.

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